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Archos - 14 Vision - 4GB MP3/MP4 Player w/ FM Radio (501509)
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3 out of 5 eggs A Good & Very Little MP3 Player 07/12/2011

This review is from: Archos - 14 Vision - 4GB MP3/MP4 Player w/ FM Radio (501509)

Pros: Small and light
Display screen to see content
FM Radio
Easy to load
Charges quickly (less than an hour)
Pressing FF fades-out selection playing before starting next track - nice touch

Cons: Takes a few seconds to turn on
Button functions not clearly defined in manual
Preloaded music, photos, video and conversion software

Other Thoughts: Don't buy for photos or videos - you will be disappointed. The main purpose of the screen is so you can view and select from your library, and that works just fine. Keep the display to its lowest brightness and duration setting and you'll get battery life of six to seven continuous hours - maybe more if you don't FF or pause a lot. I bought a 2nd one for backup.

I work in a loud lab and purchased this specifically to make my own noise cancelling mp3 headphone rig (search net for "Headphone Hack! Noise Eliminating Headphones! video). By attaching this tiny unit with Velcro to one of the external ear muffs and binding up the headphone wire with a few small zip ties I can work wire free while enjoying music or podcasts with the volume at a low level (3 to 5 out of 20) and still protect my hearing. Binding the wire will affect radio reception, which is wonky inside but fine outdoors when mowing the grass. Encode your music at 64kbps (FM quality) and double the capacity!

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